Shaare Torah Congregation, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is not permitted, although the policy is unwritten.
Private Nursing Locations:
There is a nursing room, called the Mommy And Me Room. It is a classroom on the main floor, near the sanctuary and the other child care rooms. It is labeled with a sign on the door. Most people find out about it by word of mouth. “The room is bright and comfortable and includes two sofas, a glider with ottoman, a few additional chairs, a changing table and cabinet stocked with diapers and wipes, a small refrigerator for storing pumped breast milk and a collection of toys and books for older siblings to use while mom nurses. The room also has a diaper pail and hand sanitizer.”
[Pictured: The Shaare Torah Nursing Room. The picture shows two tan couches with plentiul pillows and a plastic footrest at each couch. Also the ottoman that goes with a glider-chair is in the front right corner. The room has windows that look to be frosted glass.]
The website has no policy about breastfeeding, but does mention the Mommy And Me Room in the facilities section.
” In 2005, Shaare Torah received the Breast Feeding Friendly Place Award from the Allegheny County Health Department.” A report about the award, including a photograph taken in the nursing room canbe found here: http://www.achd.net/pr/pubs/pdf/bfpaward2005.pdf
The community is supportive and positive about breastfeeding. “Outside of the sanctuary, mothers often nurse with a nursing cover while participating in events in the social hall or other areas.”
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom, the men’s bathrooms, ad the nursing room. People leave strollers in the front hall of the synagogue. There is space for kids’ supplies.
In the main service, “Children are always welcome to be present with a parent’s supervision, though on Shabbat morning the congregation offers supervised child care for children over one year. Child care ends before the conclusion of services and all of the children participate in the end of the service, in which they are invited to kiss the Torah and receive a lollipop from the rabbi. This is extremely popular, and there is usually a long line of children eager to kiss the Torah and receive their treat.”
Bottlefeeding is also comfortably accepted: “The shul is welcoming to children of all ages, and parents are encouraged to feed them in whatever way is best for their family.”
This synagogue received a rating of
- Great, could barely be better- 1
out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Daniel Wasserman at 412-377-1769, firstname.lastname@example.org
Synagogue Website: www.shaaretorah.net